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Tuition fees: International students

International students are required by Immigration New Zealand to pre-pay one year’s tuition fees to the University of Waikato in order to be granted a student visa.

During each year of study, you will enrol in a number of papers, each of which has a points value. Your total annual fees are calculated on a per-paper basis and will vary depending on the number, subject area, and points value of the papers you select at the time of enrolment.

Fees for each paper are detailed in the Catalogue of Papers.

Most papers at undergraduate level are worth 15 or 20 points and a standard full-time load is 120 points per year.

In addition to tuition fees, all students are required to pay an annual fee for a number of university services. (eg. Building Levy and Student Services Levy). The actual amount you pay depends on your enrolment, but most full-time students will be required to pay approximately NZ$450 per year. This fee is paid at the time of enrolment.

2017 Pre-degree Programmes International Tuition Fees

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies $22,000
Certificate of University Preparation $11,000

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

Disclaimer: The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.

Certificates/Diplomas

Subject Graduate Certificate / DiplomaPostgraduate Certificate / Diploma
Accounting $25,865$27,155
AgribusinessNA$27,155
Animal Behaviour $29,680$27,830
Anthropology$23,235$27,830
Applied LinguisticsNA$27,830
Applied Computing$27,975NA
Biochemistry $29,680NA
Biological Sciences$29,680$33,085
Chemistry $29,680$33,085
Chinese$23,235$27,830
Clinical Animal BehaviourNA$33,085
Computer Graphic Design $27,975NA
Computer Science $27,975$31,085
CounsellingNA$27,825
Creative Practices $23,235$27,830
Creative Technologies NA$27,830
DemographyNA$27,830
Development Studies NA$27,830
Disability and Inclusion StudiesNA$27,830
Design Media $23,235NA
Earth Sciences$29,680$33,085
Economics$25,865$27,155
Education Studies $22,790$27,825
Educational Leadership $27,825
Electronic Business / Electronic Commerce$25,865$ 27,155
Engineering $32,330$35,465
English $23,235$27,830
Environment and SocietyNA$31,495
Environmental Planning $29,680$31,495
Environmental Sciences$29,680$31,495
Ethics$23,235NA
Finance$25,865$27,155
French$23,235$27,830
Geography$29,490$31,495
Health Development and PolicyNA$27,830
History$23,235$27,830
Hospitality Management $25,865NA
Human Development $22,790$27,825
Human Resource Management $25,865$27,155
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management$25,865NA
International Languages and Culture $23,235NA
International Management $25,865NA
International Relations and Security StudiesNA$27,830
Japanese$23,235$27,830
Labour Studies $23,235$27,830
Law$27,165$29,625
Leadership Communication$25,865$27,155
Linguistics$23,235NA
Management $25,865$27,155
Maori and Pacific Development $22,790$27,830
Maori Cultural Studies / Te Reo Maori $22,790$27,830
Maori Media and Communication $22,790NA
Marketing$25,865$27,155
Materials and Processing $29,680$33,085
Mathematics$27,975$31,085
Music $29,470$31,495
Philosophy$23,235$27,830
Physics$29,680$33,085
Political Science$23,235$27,830
Psychology$29,470$31,495
Public Policy$23,235$27,830
Public Relations$25,865$27,155
Science and Technology NA$33,085
Screen and Media Studies$23,235NA
Second Language TeachingNA$27,825
Social Policy $23,235$27,830
Sociology$23,235$27,830
Spanish $23,235NA
Sport and Leisure Studies $22,790$27,825
Statistics$27,975$31,085
Strategic Management $25,865$27,155
Studies in Religion $23,235NA
Supply Chain Management $25,865NA
Tertiary TeachingNa$27,825
Theatre Studies $23,235$27,830
Tourism Development $25,865NA
Tourism and Hospitality Management $25,865$27,155
Tourism Management$25,865NA
Tourism Studies$25,865NA
Women's and Gender Studies$23,235$27,830
Writing Studies$23,235NA

Bachelors Degrees (3 or 4 Years of full time study)

Qualification One Year
tuition fees
(120 points)
Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology, Education Studies
English, Ethics, History,
International Languages and Cultures, 
Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Sciences, 
Screen and Media Studies, Studies in Religion,
Theatre Studies, Writing Studies  
$23,235
Bachelor of Arts
Mathematics
$27,975
Bachelor of Arts
Geography, Music, Psychology
$29,470
Bachelor of Business Analysis $25,865
Bachelor of Communication Studies $25,865
Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design $27,975
Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences $27,975
Bachelor of Education $22,790 - $26,730
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce $25,865
Bachelor of Engineering $32,331
Bachelor of Entrepreneurship $25,865
Bachelor of Environmental Planning $29,470
Bachelor of Laws $27,165
Bachelor of Management Studies $25,865
Bachelor of Maori and Pacific Development $22,790
Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies $23,235
Bachelor of Music $29,470
Bachelor of Science
Animal Behaviour, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences,
Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Electronics,
Environmental Planning, Environmental Sciences,
Materials and Processing, Physics, Psychology
$29,680
Bachelor of Science
Computer Science, Mathematic, Statistics 
$27,975
Bachelor of Science (Technology)
Animal Behaviour, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences,
Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Electronics,
 Environmental Planning, Environmental Sciences,
Materials and Processing, Physics, Phsycology
$29,680
Bachelor of Social Sciences $23,235
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning, Geography, Psychology
$29,470
Bachelor of Social Work $23,235
Bachelor of Sport and Leisure Studies $22,790
Bachelor of Teaching $22,790- $26, 730
Bachelor of Tourism $25,865

International students refund administration charge:
International students who withdraw their application or their enrolment before the start date of their programme will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $500 Administration Fee. Students who withdraw their application or their enrolment after the start date of their programme but during the period for deletion of papers (refer to Clause 12 of the Change of Enrolment Regulations), will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $2000 Administration Fee.

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

Disclaimer: The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.

Masters degree

Masters degree at Waikato are generally completed in 12 - 18months.

Degree First year cost
Master of Applied Psychology $31,495
Master of Arts
Anthropology, Chinese, Education Studies,
Languages, History,
International Relations and Security Studies,
Mathematics, Political Science,
Screen and Media Studies
$27,830
Master of Arts
Geography, Music, Psychology 
$31,495
Master of Arts
Mathematics 
$31,085
Master of Arts (Applied) $27,830
Master of Business Management $34,990
Master of Business Management (November 2016 intake)$29,900
Master of Business Management (Specialised) $46,655
Master of Clinical Animal Behavior $31,495
Master of Computer Graphic Design $31,085
Master of Counselling $27,825
Master of Cyber Security $31,085
Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies $27,825
Master of Education $27, 825
Master of Educational Leadership $27,825
Master of Electronic Commerce $27,155
Master of Engineering $35, 465
Master of Environment Planning $27, 830
Master of Environmental Science $33,085
Master of Information Technology $31,085
Master of Laws  $29, 625
Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples Law $29,625
Master of Management Studies $27,155
Master of Maori and Pacific Development $27, 830
Master of Media and Creative Technologies $27,830
Master of Music $31,495
Master of Professional Accounting$36,990
Master of Science or Master of Science (Research)$33,085
Master of Science (Technology) $35, 465
Master of Social Sciences $27,830-$31,495
Master of Sport and Leisure Studies $27,825
Master of Teaching and Learning $27,825

International students refund administration charge:
International students who withdraw their application or their enrolment before the start date of their programme will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $500 Administration Fee. Students who withdraw their application or their enrolment after the start date of their programme but during the period for deletion of papers (refer to Clause 12 of the Change of Enrolment Regulations), will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $2000 Administration Fee.

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

Disclaimer: The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.

Higher Degrees

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Education International Fees
Arts and Social Sciences, Maori and Pacific Development  $30,220
Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics  $36,930
Education  $30,230
Engineering  $37,710
Geography, Music, Psychology $35,175
Law  $31,680
Management  $28,675
Science  $35,40

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The following approximate annual tuition fees are based on 120 points (full time study) for study in 2017. All new international PhD students, studying full time, may be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees.

International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) domestic fees entitlement:
International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students enrolled in recognised research programmes at New Zealand universities may qualify for domestic student status. To hold domestic student status, international Doctor of Philosophy students must be resident in New Zealand during their study, except for temporary absences for the purposes of their research (conducting research and fieldwork appropriate to their course of study). The University defines a 'temporary absence' as no more than 12 months in total during the period of their candidature. A student enrolled in a New Zealand university but remaining resident overseas does no have domestic student status.

If you do not qualify for the international Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) domestic fees entitlement, you will need to pay full international PhD tuition fees which are shown below (under the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Education (EdD) heading).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Domestic Fees (Indicative 2017)
Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences  $5,900
Business, Accountancy, Management $6,022
Computer Science  $6,266
Education $5, 900
Engineering,Technology $6,266
Fine Arts, Music & Performing Arts  $6,266
Law $6,022
Science  $6,266

International students refund administration charge:
International students who withdraw their application or their enrolment before the start date of their programme will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $500 Administration Fee. Students who withdraw their application or their enrolment after the start date of their programme but during the period for deletion of papers (refer to Clause 12 of the Change of Enrolment Regulations), will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $2000 Administration Fee.

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

Disclaimer: The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.

Other Programmes

Study abroad fees (Individual paper credits IPC)
(For a maximum of 70 points per semester)

All undergraduate courses (1 semester enrolment) $12,360
All undergraduate courses (1 academic year (2 semester) enrolment) $24,720

Additional fees

Non-tuition related fees and costs ($NZ)
1-year full-time
Student Services Levy $443
Building Levy $25
Travel/medical insurance $595
Textbooks and stationery (estimated $500 per semester) $1000
Cost of living (estimated accommodation and food for one person) $15,000

Other fees and charges

  ($NZ)
Halls accommodation deposit $500
Under 18 designated caregiver assessment $200
Non-refundable homestay application $275
Homestay fees per week (min 4 weeks) $259
Airport pickup $90
Student Visa Renewal Application fee (on-campus) $195
Credit assessment prior to application $100
Bank fee (charged when applicable) $25

International students refund administration charge:
International students who withdraw their application or their enrolment before the start date of their programme will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $500 Administration Fee. Students who withdraw their application or their enrolment after the start date of their programme but during the period for deletion of papers (refer to Clause 12 of the Change of Enrolment Regulations), will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $2000 Administration Fee.

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

Disclaimer: The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.

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